One of my favorite places to visit this holiday season is right down the road in Hot Springs National Park, Ark. Garvan Woodland Gardens is the Home of the Holiday Lights which runs from Nov. 17 - Dec. 31.I've taken the family to this magical winter wonderland of lights on several occasions and each year it just seems to get bigger and brighter. Over two million lights adorn the entire Woodland Gardens giving the feel of being transported into a whimsical Christmas town. You can sip hot cocoa or cider along the trails as holiday music surrounds you at every turn throughout the gardens. I remember sitting around an open fire pit with the family, soaking in the beauty of the lights.

One of the highlights of Holiday Lights is the all-natural wood glass chapel known as Anthony's Chapel, situated in a wooded area on a hill overlooking the gardens. The sheer peacefulness of standing inside the chapel looking out it's picturesque windows at the lights below really signifies the true meaning of Christmas.

Admission: adults are $10, it is $5 for children (6-12 years), and FREE for ages 5 and younger. Golf cart rides are available on a first come, first served basis for a fee of $10 per person in addition to Holiday Lights admission. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

I highly encourage you and your family to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens this holiday season because the experience you have will last a lifetime.

Check out this video from YouTube.

Also if you are going to be traveling in the state of Arkansas, more than 60 communities join in the celebration of Arkansas' Trail of Holiday Lights which begins the week of Thanksgiving and lasts through the New Year. Cities and towns host official lighting ceremonies, parades, pageants, music and more. Visit their Facebook page or go to

Click here for a listing of all holiday events in Arkansas.

Check out this video from on the Trail of Holiday Lights.